Urban Decay has been the brand of the year for me. Obviously it’s a cult brand but I hadn’t tried much from them until 2015 (yes, really!) and just fell head over heels in love! Everything I’ve tried from them has just blown me away. Khila (Miss Budget Beauty) always mentions how she benchmarks all other eyeshadows against UD ones as they’re just the best quality out there; this always made me want to try out UD eyeshadows. I did manage to get my hands in the UD Naked Smoky palette - I will review this with a GRWM hopefully. But I have something even better for you today! Yes, the much awaited Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Limited Edition Eyeshadow Palette (£40)!Gwen Stefani was involved in the whole process from the packaging to the shades down to even naming the shades! I can really see how the gold and white packaging reflects her taste - really reminds me of her outfits in ‘Hollaback Girl’! This is definitely one for the collector’s drawer in my collection! The palette has magnetic closure and feels sturdy. As you open the palette, there is a big mirror on the inside with the words “Magic’s in the makeup” - an ode to No Doubt! When choosing the shades she’s gone with shades she wished she had in her collection. I think if I was ever going to create a palette, I’d do the same. An all encompassing palette meaning you wouldn’t need any other palettes! Sounds a dream!
The palette contains 15 shades, 12 of which are new and three from the existing UD eyeshadow collection. There a lot of neutral shades with a few jewel tones thrown in for good measure. I love the cobalt blue and am dying for an opportunity to wear it!
Initially when I saw images of the palette, I felt underwhelmed as it looked like there are a lot of light ‘nude’ shades that might not show up on my skintone. When it landed in my hands, I was in awe! The shades were stunning - the nude shades have a lot more depth to them then I initially thought. The variations do make a difference. Although as you can see in the swatches there are a couple of shades that barely show up on my skintone, I think they’d be great for blending out shadows not he crease as it’d transition the colours without adding any colour.
The formula of the eyeshadows are just incredible - I mean ‘buttery soft’ might be an understatement! The texture is like velvet - they blend like no other shadows I’ve tried before. I have to say, I totally agree with Khila. UD eyeshadows just wear the crown for eyeshadow formula! It doesn’t matter if the shadows are matte or shimmery the formula is consistently great.
The pigmentation of the eyeshadows are amazing too. The colour payoff is spectacular - so vibrant! Even the neutrals are just stunning even on their own. I’m just waiting for an event so I can go all out with this palette! I will of course try and create some looks for you, but work/life has been so busy - I have hardly had any time to do much else!
The eyeshadow shade names are:
Blonde - pale beige with pink iridescent shift
Bathwater - pale beige with gold pearl
Skimp - pale nude satin
Steady - medium rose with metallic gold shift
Punk - reddish brown matte
Baby - cool metallic rose
Anaheim - light taupe-brown matte
Stark - nude-pink matte
Zone - medium brown matte
Serious - smoky gray with iridescent floating pearl
Pop - pale coral with iridescent sparkle
Harajuku - metallic blue-pink with iridescent micro-shimmer
Danger - deep metallic royal blue with blue micro-sparkle
1987 - bright metallic yellow-gold
Blackout - blackest black matte
My favourite shades have to be 1987, Bathwater, Punk and Steady. To be honest, I pretty much love them all! The shades Blonde and Bathwater also double up as great highlighters! If you want to get your hands on these must have palette - it currently has 10% off at John Lewis here! It’d make a the perfect gift for a beauty loving collector or anyone who has a bit if a thing for UD like I now do!